Son of the Cheese Fall/Winter 2014

Son of the Cheese may just be our favourite left-field Japanese collection these days (only because we’re still waiting on some newness from Labrat) – coming strong for f/w 2014 this lookbook is a more understated direction from the label than we’ve seen in season’s past, but I’m feeling it all the same – click on through for the whole set.

Deus Ex Machina – I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT

A triumph of filmmaking by Deus, head over to their site and donate an email address now to watch the full-length I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night, teased and previewed all year by the multi-continent brand. A stunning tour through Bali via longboard, skate, moto and deep stand-up barrels, props to Deus for this vision and production and to Harrison Roach and Bryce Young for the timeless shred.

Manastash Spring/Summer 2014 Catalogue

We’ve been covering Manastash for a few years now and have always admired what the Washington State / Japan-focused label has produced – timelessly hippy and outdoors-centric, great colours and fits, with function thought through for real wear. Here’s a look at the Japanese catalogue for s/s 2014, lots of gold, especially on the women’s side of things, and bang-on art direction overall.

On another note, Manastash is now available at Without Walls, the new on-trend outdoors venture from Urban Outfitters. The model is very current and you gotta give it up for their cool hunters for jumping all over this style in the wake/fallout of faux-Americana/’heritage’ everything. A lot of really awesome brands on board which is great for WW and consumers – but I gotta question why (other than the obvious payout) many of these brands were willing to sacrifice their ‘credibility’ and core audience (aka not the Urban Outfitters clientele) to get on board with this corporate trendhop – it is the long play? What happens when the next thing comes along? Or is this aesthetic/’lifestyle’ going to stick with millennials? A lot of questions, but Manastash is one of the labels I wouldn’t have expected to join on, given their brand promise and ethos, which is hard to rectify against the necessary business dealings of a shareholder business like Without Walls.

Desillusion Presents – Cycle Zombies – Trouble In Paradise

Longform short piece on Cycle Zombie’s Scotty Stopnik, a philosophical overview of the family’s take on skate/surf/moto culture. ‘It’s a lifestyle many try to embody but few have such a natural and honest approach to the culture and passion this brotherhood share’ – well put by Desillusion.